North com­ments ‘a de­nial of his­tory’

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

Hear­ing the DUP’s Jef­frey Don­ald­son speak­ing on RTÉ ra­dio on Nov 10 re­gard­ing North­ern Ire­land, Ire­land and Brexit is in­cred­i­bly de­press­ing. His in­sis­tence that North­ern Ire­land is ex­actly the same, and must be treated the same, as the rest of the UK is a wil­ful de­nial of his­tory. The ter­ri­ble beauty of Ire­land — a land rent asun­der with six of its coun­ties po­lit­i­cally am­pu­tated in the af­ter­math of 1916 — will worsen if such a jin­go­is­tic ap­proach is brought to the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions. Did the Brex­i­teers ever give the slight­est thought to the prob­lems of Ire­land, its in­ter­nal bor­der and the fall­out from Bri­tain’s im­pe­rial past? I doubt it. I sus­pect they were used to see­ing their home­land ge­og­ra­phy as a very Bri­tish archipelago with the south­ern part of its western is­land (the Repub­lic of Ire­land land­mass) lopped off. An ir­rel­e­vance. Ali­son Hack­ett

Dún Laoghaire Co Dublin

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